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About Me

Mary-Margaret Caldwell
M.Ed., M.Sc., CCC-CCPA

Hi, I’m Mary-Margaret (she/her).  I was raised in rural southwestern Ontario and before moving to Vancouver Island in 2013, lived in Ontario and New Zealand.  In my spare time I enjoy being in nature, walking my dog, singing, volunteering and spending time with friends and family.

My speciality area is working with individuals experiencing grief and loss and those facing life transitions, including: death of a loved one or beloved pet, change in health, separation or divorce, career change, retirement or loss of job, moving, leaving school, starting a new job etc.  I’ve worked with clients working in diverse industries including the military and law enforcement, health care, service industries, and trades. 

My approach is holistic, integrative, non-judgemental, client-centred and strengths-based.  I utilise different approaches including guided imagery and meditation, energy medicine, mindful self-compassion, narrative and solution-focused therapies, clinical hypnosis, and cognitive behaviour therapy. 

Transitions, even positive ones can be challenging and stressful while providing opportunities for growth.  Our reactions to the changing circumstances in our lives can lead us to negativity, to overthinking, ill health, stress, anxiety or depression and can also lead us to the light, to acceptance, growth and appreciation.

My own life has been shaped by transitions through experiences positive and less positive. I have grown to welcome and embrace change and transition, knowing that even with emotional pain, there is opportunity for growth and enlightenment.  As an immigrant to New Zealand, I sometimes wondered if I had made the right choice, as there were darker moments of loneliness and uncertainty about the future.  And as an individual who has changed careers several times, I have felt fear, uncertainty and optimism.

My professional training includes masters’ degrees in counselling psychology and health management, and an undergraduate degree in health science and gerontology.  I believe in life-long learning and have taken many opportunities to enhance my skill base.

I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA, #0848).